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Record Donations Raised For Diabetes Research

Thousands hit Glen Cove downtown for Gold Coast Concours/Bimmerstock

Whether you love exotic cars or care about medical innovation, Glen Cove was the place to be on Sunday, Sept. 9, as the entire downtown was filled with more than 700 show vehicles, bringing in record proceeds for the Diabetes Research Institute Foundation - a record $91,000 for the DRI and its research efforts.

Car enthusiasts at the fourth annual Gold Coast Concours/Bimmerstock event, presented by Martino Auto Concepts/MAC Auto Couture of Glen Cove and SONY, could not be disappointed. There were more than 700 exotics and fine vehicles from the world’s most desired marquees on display along with dozens of automobile dealerships and vendors showing off an array of autos and accessories.

Thousands of auto fans strolled downtown Glen Cove to admire classic racers and handmade super-exotics.

While the day showcased Ferraris, Rolls Royces, Porsches, Mercedes and customized BMWs, in addition to several very limited edition cars such as a Lola, Enzo Ferrari and several Ferrari Challenge racers, cars were not the sole attraction. The day featured great food, live music from the talented young musicians from the School of Rock and a number of fabulous sweepstake prizes that were raffled off.

“From a single conversation, this event has grown into one of the largest automobile shows in the area. This event attracts car enthusiasts and vendors from around the country and with our Diabetes Research Institute relationship we know that everything we do helps fund the effort to find a cure,” said Joe LaPadula of Martino Auto Concepts, the organizer of the event.

The program began with DRIF LI Region Chairman of the Board, Allan L. Pashcow, thanking Joe LaPadula and Derek Pasch, from Martino Auto Concepts, creators of the event, SONY, the event’s Platinum Sponsor and other event sponsors. He then went on to acknowledge Glen Cove Mayor Ralph Suozzi, local elected officials, Michael Puntillo for donating the use of the village square, and the event committee for all they did to create such an amazing day.

Special thanks were extended to DRIF board members, Nassau County Legislator Delia DeRiggi-Whitton and Bruce Waller for all of their help organizing the event.

Legislator DeRiggi-Whitton presented Dara Melnick with a citation for all she has done to support the DRI. Melnick spoke about her battle with type 1 diabetes and let the crowd know how thankful she was for the event’s organizers and attendees.

Pashcow went on to ask Joe LaPadula and Derek Pasch to the stage and presented them with an award of appreciation.

A certificate of appreciation was also presented to Glen Cove Mayor Ralph V. Suozzi for all the work he, the City of Glen Cove and its officials did to support event.

Presenting sponsors for the event were: Martino Auto Concepts/MAC Auto Couture, SONY Corporation; Gold Sponsors: The Bristal, Competition BMW, Lomotion, PPG Single Source, and Rallye BMW; Silver Sponsors: Anchor Audi, BMW of Bayside, Ecybermedia Inc., Habberstad BMW, Hassel BMW & Mini, 3M , VOS Motorsports, Laffey Associates and Leone Homes.

The Diabetes Research Institute, a Center of Excellence at the University of Miami Miller School of Medicine, is a recognized world leader in cure-focused research. Since its inception in the early 1970s, the DRI has made significant contributions to the field of diabetes research, pioneering many of the techniques used in islet transplantation. The DRI is now building upon these achievements by bridging cell-based therapies with emerging technologies to restore insulin production. For the millions of families already affected by diabetes, the Diabetes Research Institute is the best hope for a cure. For more information, visit www.DiabetesResearch.org or call 822-1700.

News

Gregory Caso of Locust Valley was dealt a hard blow early on in his senior year at Locust Valley High School with his mother’s diagnosis of breast cancer. He and his twin sister, Amanda, however, are using their energy in a positive way and focusing on creative ways to raise money and awareness.

Last fall they formed a Relay for Life team to honor their mother, and in December came up with the idea of putting on an outdoor concert to raise money for sponsoring the team.

 

“We knew it would be big and had to be outdoors, with a stage, so holding the concert at school was not an option,” says Caso.

City Stadium in Glen Cove was a mob scene of tiny egg hunters on Thursday, April 17, as at least 100 kids scoured the fields and claimed more than 8,000 eggs in less than three minutes. The annual egg hunt attracted kids from ages 3 to 10, most of whom were prepared with baskets, bags and buckets for storing the candy-filled plastic eggs. 


Sports

 It finally felt like lacrosse weather last Sunday for North Shore’s  PAL lacrosse teams.  Mike Gilliam’s fourth-grade Lady Vikings traveled to Manhasset.  Playing a strong lacrosse community like Manhasset is always a daunting task, but one which the Lady Vikings were clearly ready for.  North Shore won the game 6-2 with goals coming from 5 different players: Kate Gilliam (2), Ava Vaccaro, Christina Dade, Evelyn McCreery, and Nora Schatz.  

The Glen Cove “Two Knights” began their season last Sunday by traveling down to Wantagh for a tough test to start the season. After spending the winter indoors and the last several weeks outside practicing, the Knights were hungry for real-game action. This

Knights’ team has a great mix of experience and new talent that is sure to lead to continued excitement throughout the year. Starting the game in goal, first-year man Pandelis Tursi made several sparkling saves behind a tough defense led by Colby Burns. With the

Knights down 2-0 in the first, Jack Spoto, another first-year player, provided the offensive spark by tallying the Knights’ first goal of the year. Spoto was also among the team leaders in ground balls and provided hustle that kept the Knights competitive in this game.

Tursi continued to keep his team in the game in the second half while Travis Shea and Matteo Cameron contributed defensively in front of the goal. Rocco Rainone was the offensive leader and kept the Knights close throughout by recording five goals. In the end, it wasn’t enough and the Knights’ endured a tough loss, 9-6. Congratulations to Tursi, Spoto, Burns, Dylan Jenkins, Charlie Muth, Page Bennett, Daniel Salerno, Grayson Kopetic and Vincent Pascucci for great play in the first game of their careers. 


Calendar

 E-Waste Recycing - April 26

YMCA Healthy Kids - April 26

Glen Cove Library Luncheon - April 27


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